elle Vintage Black Friday Sale!




Irma and pillows

–That’s what occupied my time and my heart this weekend.

As I worked, CNN was queued on the TV — “drowned out” a bit by the rat-a-tat-tat of my sewing machine. I marathon-ed 7 gorgeous pillow covers since Friday and all the while, my thoughts and best wishes were with everyone affected by the storm. I am pretty amazed at how cool the people of the state of Florida are (and Texas too, for that matter); their composure, organization, grace and resilience. I have no doubt that they will be back on their feet in record time.

I hope that you will all be home-sweet-home and settled in again soon.




Sometimes it’s hard to recycle

I loved this jacket!

Until recently, I had a category in my shop to sell vintage fur coats that I picked here and there. Occasionally, I would find one that was just too perfect and cute to cut up and recycle into a bear, a pillow cover, pom poms, or earmuffs, so I would put it up for sale, as is. I’ve abandoned that category for the time being, because as beautiful as these coats are, I just can’t resist transforming them into those equally beautiful products.

5This platinum beige mink fur jacket was one of those perfect ones. At one time, I’m guessing it was a classic mink fur design, but somewhere along the way, it had been re-styled into this short mink. It had sweater sleeves that were removable by zippers — to make it into a vest, if desired. Seriously perfect. I had it up for sale for more than a year, but no one bought it.

Yesterday, I took it all apart and today, it’s no longer a jacket.

Interestingly, when I open these coats up, sometimes there are notes inside, hand-written on the pelts. The furriers will write their names, and sometimes — and I love this — they’ll write the date.

Whether it’s the date of the original design or whether it’s the date of the re-style, “11-1-77” was when this jacket was worked on. I find this so interesting. So long ago!


IMG_9534At any rate, it will live on for many many years to come and be cherished by a couple of lucky people: I was able to fit my pattern to make two bears, exactly. There’s not much left ! I will be making some pom pom earrings with this and maybe some shoe poms.

The first bear is finished and her name is Liona. She’s pretty perfect and cute too!

You can see more details about Liona here.


Sometimes it is hard to recycle a beautiful jacket, but bringing something like Liona to life and making someone really happy, makes it easy.

Stay tuned for the second platinum beige bear to come ❤